Laite, Phillips Honored By CAA
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Junior right side hitter Christi Laite and freshman setter Victoria Phillips were recognized by the Colonial Athletic Association on Monday after leading UNCW to a 3-0 record last week.
Laite was named the league's Offensive Player-of-the-Week while Phillips was recognized as the circuit's Rookie-of-the-Week.
"We are very excited that both Christi and Victoria were recognized for their outstanding team performance this past week," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "Christi is playing very confident right now and as a hitter she continually works hard to perfect her shots. Victoria has a very high volleyball IQ and she reads the game so well as both a defender and a setter."
A native of Severna Park, Md., Laite averaged a team-high 3.17 kills set and fashioned a .237 hitting percentage while also chipping in 0.92 digs and 0.83 blocks per frame during the Seahawks three matches last week. Laite began her week by notching a match-high 11 kills while posting a .269 hitting percentage in a 3-0 sweep of non-conference foe North Carolina Central on Oct. 23. She followed that performance with 11 kills and a .280 attack clip in a 3-2 triumph over George Mason on Friday while also adding five total blocks. Laite closed out the week by recording a match-high 16 kills and a .190 hitting percentage in 3-1 victory over James Madison on Sunday.
Phillips, meanwhile, averaged 5.67 assists and 4.17 digs per set last week as she recorded a double-double in all three matches to extend her double-double streak to five straight. The Raleigh, N.C., product tallied 21 assists and 16 digs in UNCW's sweep of the Eagles on Oct. 23 before dishing out 19 assists and adding 11 digs in 3-2 triumph over George Mason on Friday. On Sunday, Phillips added 28 assists and totaled a career-high 23 digs in the Seahawks' 3-1 win over James Madison.
Winners of four straight, UNCW (11-14, 3-6 CAA) returns to action Saturday as it hosts Hofstra in a 1 p.m. CAA matinee at Hanover Hall.